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PTR Certification and Education Workshops are the most successful training courses available for tennis teachers and coaches. More than 200 PTR Workshops are conducted on five continents each year.

Workshop participants have varying backgrounds including: tennis teaching professionals, college coaches, middle and high school coaches, professionals making a career change, league tennis players, parents, etc. All workshops are led by specially trained PTR Clinicians.

Many workshop attendees join PTR months before the workshop so they can prepare for certification testing. PTR certification ratings are awarded to those members who pass all parts of the exam.

NOTE: Workshops are subject to cancellation if a minimum number of registrants are not met. A decision whether or not to cancel will be made at least one week prior to the date of the workshop. If you plan to fly to the workshop, please contact education@ptrtennis.org before making your flight reservation.

IMPORTANT: For the Certification Workshop, please review your study materials thoroughly before the event. If you are in need of additional assistance please contact Steve Keller at (843) 785-7244 or education@ptrtennis.org.

10 & Under Level 1 Certification
$120 • 8 or more days prior to workshop start date
$145 • 7 or fewer days prior to workshop start date
If second, third, fourth or fifth certification, please add $75 for additional certification testing fee

PTR is the only tennis teaching organization in the US that provides certification for coaches working with 10 & Under players. This workshop was revised in 2015 to include more time developing players on the Orange and Green court. The workshop builds on the USTA Coach Youth Tennis program.

The certification consists of: Recommended four (4) hours of pre workshop preparation from the Study Guide. The on court workshop runs 8 hours. It prepares participants for the three-part certification testing: demonstration of playing and coaching skills administered on court along with a post workshop online written exam submitted within seven (7) days of the workshop.

PTR Certification at the PROFESSIONAL level is a prerequisite for coaches who wish to progress to the PTR Level 3 Junior Development program.

The Elements of the Workshop are:

  • Creating a coaching environment in which young children can learn to play quickly while having fun
  • Communication and organization skills for coaching 10 & Under players
  • Structure and content of tennis lessons for 10 & Under players: athletic skill, technical and tactical, game and competitive development on the RED, ORANGE and GREEN court
  • Developing quality coaching skills and knowledge for working with 10 & Under players
  • Serve, rally and score as quickly as possible
  • Appropriate team and individual competition for different age groups
  • Information for working positively with parents

11 to 17 Level 1 Certification
$120 • 8 or more days prior to workshop start date
$145 • 7 or fewer days prior to workshop start date
If second, third, fourth or fifth certification, please add $75 for additional certification testing fee

PTR is the only tennis teaching organization currently providing education/certification to coach 11 to 17 year olds. The objective of the workshop is to teach coaches how to create a club/facility environment in which young people between the ages of 11 and 17 can learn, play and enjoy tennis.

The certification consists of: Recommended four (4) hours of pre workshop preparation from the Study Guide. The on court workshop runs 8 hours. It prepares participants for the three-part certification testing: demonstration of playing and coaching skills administered on court along with a post workshop online written exam submitted within seven (7) days of the workshop.

PTR Certification at the PROFESSIONAL level is a prerequisite for coaches who wish to progress to the PTR Level 3 Junior Development program.

The Elements of the Workshop are:

  • Communication and organization skills for coaches working with 11 to 17 year olds both in groups and as individuals
  • Lesson structure and content for different ages and gender: athletic skills to reinforce technical and tactical skills, game and competitive development
  • Developing quality coaching skills and knowledge for working with 11-17 year olds
  • How to develop leadership qualities in young people
  • Conducting successful camps
  • Appropriate competition in singles, doubles and team formats
  • Information for working positively with parents

Performance Level 1 Certification
$160 • 8 or more days prior to workshop start date
$185 • 7 or fewer days prior to workshop start date
If second, third, fourth or fifth certification, please add $75 for additional certification testing fee

The Performance Certification Workshop is for coaches who currently work with or aspire to work with young players aged 10 -16 of potential. A minimum NTRP rating of 4.5 is necessary to attend this workshop.

The objective of the workshop is to give coaches information to create and develop a performance environment in their club/facility so players have the opportunity to develop their potential. Coaches are shown how to plan lessons and meet the specific needs of young players. PTR's expansive work on age appropriate development of young players is used extensively and supports the content of the workshop.

The certification consists of: Recommended four (4) hours of pre workshop preparation from the study material provided along with a required online pre-test. The on court workshop runs 12 hours on court and prepares coaches for the three-part certification testing: demonstration of playing and coaching skills administered on court along with a post workshop online written exam submitted within seven (7) days of the workshop.

PTR Certification at the PROFESSIONAL level is a prerequisite for coaches who wish to progress to the PTR Level 3 Performance program.

The Elements of the Workshop are:

  • Creating, developing and maintaining a performance environment within a club/facility
  • Communication, organization and planning skills
  • Lesson structure and content to develop potential in young players
  • Developing quality coaching skills and knowledge for working with performance juniors
  • Essentials for performance based technical and tactical skills and game development
  • Age appropriate competitive skills
  • Information for working positively with parents

Adult Development Level 1 Certification
$120 • 8 or more days prior to workshop start date
$145 • 7 or fewer days prior to workshop start date
If second, third, fourth or fifth certification, please add $75 for additional certification testing fee

PTR is the only organization that provides on court training workshops in the United States to help coaches prepare for instructing Adults. The Adult Development Workshop (newly revised for 2015) shows coaches how to teach quality group lessons to beginner and intermediate adults, while still maintaining individual attention within the group environment.

The certification consists of: Recommended four (4) hours of pre workshop preparation from the Study Guide. The on court workshop runs 8 hours. It prepares participants for the three-part certification testing: demonstration of playing and coaching skills administered on court along with a post workshop online written exam submitted within seven (7) days of the workshop.

PTR Certification at the PROFESSIONAL level is a prerequisite for coaches who wish to progress to the PTR Level 3 Adult Development program.

The Elements of the Workshop are:

  • Creating, developing and maintaining an environment within a club/facility that encourages new players to play the game and retain previous adult players
  • Communication, coaching and organization skills with adult players of all levels
  • PTR Instant Tennis and ITF Tennis Xpress
  • Developing quality coaching skills and knowledge for working with adults
  • Lesson structure and content: warm up, games situations, technical and tactical skills along with game and competitive development
  • Developing appropriate competitive formats for adults

Senior Development Level 1 Certification
$120 • 8 or more days prior to workshop start date
$145 • 7 or fewer days prior to workshop start date
If second, third, fourth or fifth certification, please add $75 for additional certification testing fee

PTR is the only organization that provides on court training workshops in the United States to help coaches prepare for teaching Senior players. The Senior Development Workshop is aimed specifically at coaches who want to give quality group lessons to beginning and existing players along with efforts to retain them in the sport.

The certification consists of: Recommended four (4) hours of pre workshop preparation from the Study Guide. The on court workshop runs 8 hours. It prepares participants for the three-part certification testing: demonstration of playing and coaching skills administered on court along with a post workshop online written exam submitted within seven (7) days of the workshop.

PTR Certification at the PROFESSIONAL level is a prerequisite for coaches who wish to progress to the PTR Level 3 Adult Development program.

The Elements of the Workshop are:

  • Creating, developing and maintaining an environment within a club/facility that encourages new Senior players to play and retain previous adult players
  • Communication, coaching and organization skills with Senior players
  • The use of different equipment and modified court areas with Seniors
  • The principles of using different and quality programming to recruit and retain Senior players
  • Developing quality coaching skills and knowledge for working with Senior players
  • Lesson structure and content: warm up, games situations, technical and tactical skills along with game and competitive development for Seniors
  • Developing different scoring and competitive formats for Seniors

Level 3 Programs
$477 Program Fee

In 2015, PTR will introduce a new level of coach education, between the basic Level 1 certification courses and the Level 5 Master of Tennis programs. Level 3 programs will be for coaches who wish to progress their coaching skills and knowledge beyond the basic certification, but for different reasons, are not ready or able to attend a Master of Tennis program.

Level 3 programs will only be available to coaches who have obtained the PROFESSIONAL rating in the appropriate basic certification.  The Level 3 Junior Development program will require a PROFESSIONAL Certification at either 10 & Under or 11 to 17. The Level 3 Performance program will require a PROFESSIONAL Certification at Performance. The Level 3 Adult program will require a PROFESSIONAL Certification at either Adult Development or Senior Development.

All Level 3 programs will be four (4) days in length. There will be additional course work completed by the coach before and after the program (at least 2 days) within a specific time frame. 

Assessment will be continuous and competence based (pass/fail). The maximum number of professionals for each program offering will be limited to 16.

Instructing Wheelchair Tennis
$75 includes course materials

This course is primarily for tennis teachers and coaches to augment their existing PTR certification with a certification to teach wheelchair tennis providing them with the skills required to teach wheelchair players and other players with various physical limitations who would achieve a higher success rate using a wheelchair.

Workshop participants actually use wheelchairs in order to understand the distinct skills required to maneuver the wheelchair and to hit from a modified elevation. Mobility, stroke production and general wheelchair basics are all covered in the curriculum. Attendees will understand the components of chair construction, as well as learn that the degree of disability will vary with each wheelchair athlete.

The course is also valuable for rehab workers and Physical Therapy specialists who want to offer tennis as a rehabilitation tool.

This hands-on course is generally taught by Harlon Matthews, PTR Clinician of the Year, a Top 20 National Wheelchair Player in the A division and winner of the prestigious Brad Parks Award for outstanding service to wheelchair tennis. 

The course is held at various times, but always available during the PTR Intl. Wheelchair Championships on Hilton Head Island in the fall.

All course attendees receive the course manual and additional resources for teaching wheelchair tennis. When held during the Championships, attendees also receive a boxed lunch while they watch and analyze play during the PTR Wheelchair Championships Finals. 



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